Cuyahoga County takes key step toward justice center overhaul

Consultant being brought in to decide whether to renovate or rebuild

Cuyahoga County takes key step toward justice center overhaul

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - One of Cuyahoga County’s largest and most troubled jails will soon see some changes.

On Tuesday night city council approved an $800,000 contract to bring in a consultant.

Cuyahoga County takes key step toward justice center overhaul

The consultant will share advice if the facility should be refurbished or replaced. The entire project could cost up to $800 million.

The jail came into the spotlight after a scathing report from the US Marshals Service about conditions in the jail, reporting seven inmate deaths in 2018 in the facility. That same report also found the conditions “inhumane.”

The project has been on hold for about a year. Legislation to authorize a contract was introduced last year but wasn’t passed because county officials couldn’t agree on who would have a say in the project.

The decision on whether to renovate or build an entire new justice center is expected by the end of 2019.

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